Sunday, November 3, 2013

Homemade Hummus

Guys. I love hummus. Like, so much. It's so delicious I could eat it any time of day. Okay not really, I'm one of those people who definitely has to eat breakfast foods for breakfast- no cold pizza for me.  I digress. 

It's way cheaper and all around BETTER if you make it yourself, so here's a good recipe from Ina Garten, the lovely Barefoot Contessa on Food Network. I tweaked it slightly, so here's what I did: 

4 garlic cloves
2 cups canned cans chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved (aka garbanzo beans, for those of you who live under a rock) 
1 1/2 teaspoons a few dashes kosher just normal salt
1/3 cup tahini
6 5 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp water or liquid from the chickpeas 
8 dashes hot sauce  a few teaspoons chili powder
-Read more here

First, drain your chickpeas and chop your garlic.  Yeah it's a LOT and your fingers will smell like garlic for days but it's worth it! Worth it. 

Dump your chickpeas in a blender or food processor.  If you have a food processor for god's sake please use it.  I don't, so I'm stuck with a blender and it's just not quite the same.... If you're using a blender, mash your chickpeas up with a spoon first until they look like this: 

And that will keep them from choking your poor sad blender. Now go invest in a food processor. Maybe that's what I'll ask for from Santa for Christmas...

Also, do you know what tahini is? I didn't, but apparently it looks like this and it's critical for hummus. I had to ask the nice man at Trader Joe's where to find it, so don't be afraid to ask. Add that to your chickpea-filled blender. 

After that, add the rest of your stuff.  I didn't have any real lemons, so I used lemon juice from a bottle and only added 5 tablespoons. After tasting it I think that's plenty, but use your best judgement.  I also didn't add any hot sauce, but used a few dashes of chili powder instead.  I added a few tablespoons of chickpea juice (??) from the can instead of water, but again, it's up to you. Have fun with it!

Blend in short bursts stirring periodically until it looks like this, and enjoy with some pita for an authentic middle eastern white girl experience.  Or you can use as a dip for raw veggies if you're feeling extra WASPy. Enjoy! 

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